Review of Bally’s Money Talks Slot Machine
The Money Talks slot machine is a 3-reel, 27 payline game designed and manufactured by Bally Technologies. The game is one in a series of games from the company which offers the U-Spin feature and the 32 inch monitor (the ALPHA Elite V32 is the official name for the cabinet / hardware set up.)
One of the secrets to Money Talks’ popularity with players is the interactive nature of the game. Players literally touch and spin the wheel during the U-Spin feature, in much the same way they would play a game on their iPad. The more pressure the player uses, the faster the wheel spins.
The symbols on the reels are traditional. Bars and bells are significant and common reel symbols in most traditional slot machine games. The game also features bags of money, which are a nice and somewhat unusual addition to the usual symbols.
Even though Money Talks is a video slot machine game, the sounds and graphics are as reminiscent of a classic slot machine game as you could imagine. Even the bonus game, when you get to spin the wheel, is nothing new—it’s about as similar to the Wheel of Fortune game show as you could get without infringing on copyrights and trademarks.
The game is suitable for low rollers and high rollers alike, because it’s available in denominations as low as a penny per spin per line, and it’s also available in denominations as high as $1 per spin or more. The game features a progressive jackpot, too. As progressive jackpots go, it’s a relatively small starting amount, $5000, although there’s no limit to how high the jackpot can get if it’s not hit.
The game features three different bonus features, so it’s not just a matter of spinning the reels and hoping for matches. These include the “Free Game” feature, the “Pick Bonus” feature, and the “Wheel Bonus”.
The “Free Games” bonus is a bonus that’s activated when playing the “Wheel Bonus” game. The Wheel Bonus game is activated when the U-Spin symbol lands anywhere within a single spot of the center payline. This enables the player to interact with the screen and spin the wheel.
Most of the options you can land on when spinning this wheel result in monetary bonuses, but there are also “Free Games” possibilities. When the wheel lands on one of these, the game rewards the player with between 10 and 50 free spins. I’ve written a lot of slot machine reviews and few games from Bally Technologies or otherwise offer 50 free spins at a time.
Moneybag Scatter Symbols
The money bags symbols act as scatter symbols, and when a player gets three of these symbols anywhere on the screen, the “Pick Bonus” feature is triggered. The game then displays three money bags, and the player chooses one. Sometimes the choice results in free games while other times it results in a flat dollar amount win.
The hit frequency for this game is typical, around 33%, and the game has a house edge (or hold percentage) of between 4% and 12%.
Slot machines like Money Talks aren’t the only places where you can find iconography of money. Money bags, in particular, can be found in other places, like the board game Monopoly, for example. Of course, images of money and treasure are ubiquitous in the slots sections of casinos throughout the world.
Even the word, “money”, has as an interesting etymology. The temple of Juno Moneta in ancient Rome is where the mint was located—that’s where they made the coins that Romans used as currency. It’s a short leap from “Moneta” to “money”.
Money is not a new concept, either. Contrary to popular belief, there is no evidence to indicate that any culture’s economy was based primarily on barter. In fact, money has been in use at least since 3000 B.C. The first coins came a little later, though, in or around 650 B.C.
Paper money originated in China in the 13th century, so there was a significant gap between the use of coins and paper money. Paper money in the form of bank notes became common in the Western world in the 17th century.
One of the major differences between money and other valuable objects that might be used in a similar manner, like precious stones, is that money is fungible. That means that one unit of money is equal to any like unit. Two diamonds aren’t worth the same amount; two dollar bills are worth exactly the same amount. Imagine trying to operate an economy using diamonds as money. Buying groceries would take hours longer as the cashiers tried to determine how much the precious stones you’re using are worth!
The study and collecting of money is called “numismatics”. A “numismatist”, therefore, is someone who collects and studies money. Most numismatists who like to gamble will enjoy Money Talks slot machine games.